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HISTORY OF THE WHITE BROTHERHOOD IN BULGARIA 1914 - 1921

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HISTORY OF THE WHITE BROTHERHOOD IN BULGARIA
  1914 - 1921

On March 9, 1914 (according to the Julian calendar), The Master organized a worship where he solemnly proclaimed the advent of the New Era in the Spiritual World ( Era of the Aquarius).

 

On March 16, 1914 (according to the Julian calendar), Todor Galabov (1870-1935) began shorthanding in Sofia the Sunday pronouncements of The Master's Word. The first shorthanded lecture was "Behold, the Man". It initiated the series "Power and Life". In these series, especially in the first six ones, the basic principles of the White Brotherhood New Teaching were elaborated. The first four of the series were translated in English by Vessela Nestorova.

 

On August 10, 1914 (according to the Julian calendar), the annual Meeting of the Chain was held in the cottages of Atanas Boinov and Todor Bostandjiev near Veliko Turnovo. According to the minutes, 81 members were present. Thirty-four guests came from Veliko Turnovo, Stara Zagora, Rousse and the villages of Kruvenik and Gachevtsi. Twenty-seven children were also present.

 

On August 4, 1915 (according to the Julian calendar), the annual Meeting of the Chain was held in Veliko Turnovo. On August 8, the Military Commandment of Veliko Turnovo interrupted the meeting and chased away the participants because of the declared martial law in Bulgaria. On August 9, The Master was forcibly expelled from town and he headed for Kazanlak.

 

On April 16, The Master asked Pasha Teodorova (1888-1972) to shorthand his Sunday lectures.

 

On February 15, 1917 (Thursday), The Master began a special cycle of lectures for married women in Sofia. It lasted until June 30, 1932. The opening lecture of these so called "Thursday Lectures" was entitled "The Crown of Life".

 

In the early 1917, the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church pressured the government of Vassil Radoslavov to exile The Master from Sofia under the pretext that his teaching weakened the soldiers' spirit at the front.

 

Effective end of June 1917, The Master was exiled in Varna. The exile lasted until the summer of 1918. In Varna, The Master stayed in hotel London. From his hotel room he wrote to his disciples, dictating them methods/duties for a spiritual work. At the same time, he met Velko Paroushev who later became the leader of the White Brotherhood in Varna.

 

On January 27, 1918, Penyo Kirov came to the end of his days on earth.

 

On October 26, 1918, Dimitar Golov came to the end of his days on earth.

 

After the military surrender of Bulgaria at Dobro Pole (on September 15, 1918), The Master, using mediators, advised the tzar to abdicate in favor of his son Boris.

 

In the post-war years, a new generation of Bulgarians joined the White Brotherhood. Among them, there were students and intellectuals born in the last two decades of the 19th century and at the turn of the century: Pasha Teodorova, Savka Keremidchieva, Elena Andreeva, Maria Todorova, Mara Belcheva, Olga Slavcheva, Nevena Nedelcheva, Stoyanka Ilieva, Vessela Nestorova, Boris Nikolov, Metodi Konstantinov, Georgi Tomalevski, Georgi Radev, Lubomir Loulchev, Petar Pamporov, Vlad Pashov, Petar Kambourov, Marin Kambourov, Boris Rogev, Nikolai Doinov, Petar Dimkov, Eliezer Cohen and many others.

 

At that time, seven main cells of the White Brotherhood already operated in the country: in Varna, led by Manol Ivanov; in Bourgas, by Todor Stoimenov; in Veliko Turnovo, by Konstantin Ilarionov; in Rousse, by Nikola Vatev; in Stara Zagora, by Panaiot Kovachev; in Plovdiv, by Petko Epitropov; and in Kazanlak, by Zakhari Zhelev.

 

On August 19, 1919, the annual Meeting of the White Brotherhood was held in Veliko Turnovo. On this day, The Master gave a public lecture for the citizens of Veliko Turnovo in the "Nadezhda" club. It was entitled "The Universal Love". On August 24, he gave a second public lecture entitled "The Cosmic Liking" in the Modern Theater. For the first time the Meeting Word of The Master was recorded in shorthand and published in a volume entitled 'Lectures, Explanations and Guidelines by The Master. Given to the disciples of the Universal White Brotherhood at their meeting in Veliko Turnovo in the summer of 1919.'

On August 19, 1920, the annual Meeting of the White Brotherhood was held in Veliko Turnovo. Approximately 1200 disciples attended the meeting. On this day, The Master gave a public lecture for the citizens of Veliko Turnovo in the "Nadezhda" club. It's topic was
"The New Humanity". The Meeting Word was published in a volume: "Lectures and Guidelines Provided by The Master to His Disciples and Listeners from the White Brotherhood at the Meeting in Veliko Turnovo in the Summer of 1920."

On August 22, 1920, The Master opened a specialized cycle of lectures in Veliko Turnovo intended for the Course of the Virtuous consisting of ten disciples only.

 

In 1920, Savka Keremidchieva (1901-1945) joined Pasha Teodorova in her efforts to shorthand and publish the Sunday Word and the Meeting Word of The Master.

 

On July 13, 1921, the Bulgarian Ministry of Internal Affairs endorsed the statute of the White Brotherhood Society in Rousse.

 

On August 19, 1921, the annual meeting of the White Brotherhood was held in Veliko Turnovo. On this day, The Master delivered a public lecture for the citizens of Veliko Turnovo on the topic of "Awakening of the Collective Consciousness". The meeting elected four councils each consisting of 100 members: the council of labor, the council of spiritual life, the council of enlightenment and the council of the peace-makers. "There is no other love like God's! - Only the love of God is love!" was unanimously accepted as the Brotherhood's salutation.

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